Blog Articles

Serial Sex Offender’s Sentence Reduced Due to Judge’s Error


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A DNA profile taken from Michael Dimian in September 2013 matched the sperm fraction of two swab samples taken from the victim of a 1993 rape case. Mr Dimian had already been convicted of several other sexual assaults and was serving time when the profile was taken. On 26 March ...

Luke Lazarus Acquittal Demonstrates Need for Education on ‘Consent’


Luke Lazarus was recently acquitted of ‘sexual intercourse without consent’ after a retrial over an incident which took place in 2013 near a nightclub owned by his father. On the night in question, Mr Lazarus met the complainant in the club. They danced and he asked if she would like to go “somewhere private”. The ...

Trial by Media in the Internet Age


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The growth of the internet generally, and social media in particular, has led two senior legal minds to warn that many Australians might not be getting a fair trial. Verdict based on the evidence Juries are meant to return their verdicts based solely upon the evidence presented at trial, ...

Panther, Prisoner, Professor: A Profile of Angela Davis


Angela Davis has been at the forefront of subversive political thought since the mid-60s. Currently, emerita professor in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Ms Davis has been constantly fighting oppression throughout her career. Davis grew up in the 1940s in the Dynamite Hill area of Birmingham, Alabama. It was a ...

Corruption and Nepotism Within the Queensland Police Force


As reported in a previous blog, two senior crime managers on the Gold Coast raised concerns in January about crime data being manipulated by members of the force in an effort to make it appear that crime and complaints are down. Officers ‘pressured’ into performance targets The Auditor General was called in to investigate the ...

Possession or Use of a Firearm: What Do Courts Look at During Sentencing?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Many of the offences relating to the possession or use of firearms in New South Wales are contained in the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) (‘the Act’). The Act was introduced as part of a national campaign to strengthen gun control, following the Port Arthur massacre. The campaign also saw ...

Pay Your Rates, or the Council May Sell Your Home


Many are predicting that home loan interest rates will soon start rising again. The likely impact on many Australian families will be ‘mortgage stress’ – a financial burden that is set to become a big problem all around Australia, as moderate rate rises can add hundreds of dollars to monthly mortgage repayments. Those who find ...

Cardinal George Pell May Never Face Trial in Australia


By Kieran Adair and Ugur Nedim Earlier this week, Victorian police confirmed they had received advice from the State’s Director of Public Prosecutions regarding historic allegations of child sexual assault against former-Sydney Archbishop George Pell. While police are yet to announce whether formal charges will be brought against Australia’s most senior Catholic, they have foreshadowed ...

Intersectional Oppression in the Criminal Justice System


Intersectionality is the concept that people are made up of multiple social identities, such as gender, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. These aspects of identity are not mutually exclusive. They intersect to form a whole, which differs from the separate components. The theory holds that forms of oppression – sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia – also ...

First Test for NSW Anti-Protest Laws


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Three people from a small community in New South Wales are facing up to seven years in prison after protesting against expansion plans for a coal mine located near the tiny town of Wollar where they live. Bev Smiles, Bruce Hughes and Stephanie Luke have pleaded not guilty in ...